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Aurora from Lexington, KY asked:  My question is about looters.  Unfortunately with time getting very short before the economic collapse later this year and with planet X comes a calling, my husband, five kids and I have nowhere to go.  We live on the outskirts of Lexington and will be sheltering in place.  We’ve been prepping for just over three years now and have another family that will be joining us.  When all hell breaks loose, what kind of looters can we expect in our area? 

Great question Ms Aurora, I understand your situation.  With the population of your area at around 300,000, things will not be good due to the fact ya’ll have no other place to go.  If you have been reading any of my past articles on this blog, you have a very good idea of what to expect.

When it comes to looters, there are five basic types.  You can read about then in this great article I come across recently on Urban Survival Guide.

I would also strongly recommend finding another like-minded families to join ya’lls small group.  Remember, there is safety and strength in numbers.  Twelve to twenty well armed adults age thirteen and older.  And if you have not done so, fortify your home and property.  I have covered these topics is some of my past articles.  I would also advise to see if ya’ll can get a armed neighborhood group together to help watch out for each other like these Good Ol Boys did after Hurricane Katrina.  I wish ya’ll luck…

Chrystal from Provo, UT asked:  Greeting Yonis, I really enjoy your articles.  My question is I’m wondering what items I should put in my bugout bag?  I’m looking forward to reading your response.

Being a Boy Scout in my youth and a current Boy Scout leader, I learned over thirty-five years ago about the “Ten Essentials” that are the bare minimum that one should have in any survival situation.  Even today when my scouts go backpacking, camping or hiking, they all carry the 10 Essentials.  When I teach my Disaster Preparedness class, I recommend the 10 Essentials to have first in everyone’s bugout bag.  The Essential 10 are as follows:

  1. A good heavy-duty multi-blade pocket knife, and a good heavy-duty sheath / skinning knife, and a good heavy-duty multi-tool with a good wet stone or sharpening tool.
  2. A well stocked emergency disaster first aid kit and first aid book.
  3. Extra clothing, socks, footwear and a broad brimmed hat (seasonal) all in heavy-duty zip-lock bags to keep items dry.
  4. Raingear
  5. Water, as much as you can carry (Camelback).
  6. Weatherproof LED flashlight with extra batteries X2 minimum.
  7. Emergency food rations with a knife, fork & spoon – recommend “Survival Tabs”, a fifteen day supply of food in a bottle, they come in Chocolate and Vanilla.
  8. Weatherproof matches and additional fire starter items.
  9. SPF30+ sunscreen and sunglasses with multi-UV A, B & C protection.
  10. A Lensatic type compass with a topographical map of the area/region you will be traveling in.

Along with these 10 Essentials, the following are additional items that will greatly help in your survival situation.  Just remember, whatever you put in your bag needs to be a necessity, not a luxury.  Ask yourself, will this item help me survive and stay alive?  If the answer is no, don’t put it in your bag.

  • Pistol and Rifle or Pistol and Shotgun
  • Ammo, as much as you can carry
  • Gun cleaning kit
  • Toilet paper / Personal hygiene items
  • Insect repellent
  • Contact information of family and friends
  • Important papers in heavy-duty zip-lock bags
  • Small pad of weatherproof paper and pencils
  • Towel
  • Rope or 550 cord, 50 feet minimum
  • Silver coins for bartering
  • Prescription medicines
  • Pocket chainsaw
  • Cloths line and pins
  • Pocket thermometer
  • Small spool of nylon thread with needles
  • Earplugs
  • Folding hand shovel
  • Hand hatchet
  • Extra glasses with heavy-duty frames
  • P-38 or P-58 can opener
  • Space blanket
  • Ground tarp
  • Fishing kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Survival playing cards
  • Edible plant cards
  • Mosquito net
  • Jungle hammock
  • Wash cloth
  • Diapers (for babies)
  • Small cooking pot
  • Cup or mug
  • Magnifying glass
  • Duct tape
  • Bandage scissors
  • Wire ties – assortment

With you bugout bag, you will want to make sure that it is a good heavy-duty weatherproof earth-tone color.  If it has a built in canteen, the better.

It is also very important to remember that once you acquire all the items that you will carry in your pack, you know exactly how everything works and how to use it.  For example, do you know how to use a Lensatic compass?  Do you know how to read a topographical map?  If you had to navigate across country to keep away from road gangs, could you do it with these two items?  This is something that you need to seriously think about when planning items for your bugout bag.  I hope the list helps you get your bag ready.

Keep those questions coming.

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